Cyclist advocates nationwide are encouraged by the progress in bicycling education and law enforcement going on in the Beehive State.
Policeman riding bikes as decoys watch for drivers who are speeding, crowding cyclists, and failing to yield at stop signs and red lights. Citations are issued to the law-breakers, along with information packets about safe driving around cyclists.
The Utah Department of Transportation partners with schools to provide safe cycling courses for students and their parents, using League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors.
The Utah Department of Health recently completed a 12 minute video on bicycle safety to distribute to drivers education classes. "We can start to change the attitude motorists may develop so they can become more respectful and understand that bicyclists have the right to the road," says Theron Jeppson, UDOH pedestrian/bicycle safety coordinator.